“The nation has gone mad,” exclaims the furious veteran actress Asha Parekh who sawPadmaavat on Thursday night at a special screening organized by Bhansali.
“Believe me, I haven’t been able to sleep, I am in a trance after watching the film,” saysAshaji, an unabashed fan of Bhansali’s work. “The work he extracts from his actors…I wish I could become 30 years younger to play a Sanjay Leela Bhansali heroine. But having said that, I’d like to congratulate Deepika Padukone for her performance.If today I had to make a film on Rani Padmavati I’d cast none other but Deepika. Her grace in her dancing and in her acting is simply commendable. Ranveer Singh is the epitome of evil…Every frame in the film is bewitching. And the Ghoomar dance that they’ve objected to is so beautiful!!I wonder what the Karni Sena is shouting and raging about! There is nothing against the Rajputs in the film. Sanjay Bhansali glorifies the community like no other film before. History will remember what Bhansali has achieved in Padmaavat.History will also remember what we allowed some section to do to him for mistakes that he never made…Haan ek ghalti unhone zaror kee.He dared to make film that can rival Mughal-e-Azam in vision and scale.”